Police investigate fatal Del. shooting

May 2, 2009 7:10:54 PM PDT
The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Wilmington.Investigators have learned that the deceased person is a Hispanic male. Additionally, witnesses have reported to detectives that a blue Ford Windstar minivan was observed pulling into the southwest corner of the shopping center just prior to the shooting.

Witnesses stated several persons were observed exiting the van. Specifically, two black males were observed exiting the minivan in an aggressive manner. One person exited the driver's door and began running northbound through the parking lot. The second person was observed exiting the right front passenger door. Both these subjects were then observed shooting at one another with handguns.

During the altercation, several people were in the general vicinity of the incident and began running from the area. One person, a Hispanic male was then observed falling to the ground on the sidewalk of the southwest corner of the shopping center. He had been struck by a bullet in the head and died at the scene.

All persons that exited the van then fled the area on foot and in the vehicle. Shortly after the shooting, a black male subject walked into St. Francis Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He informed authorities he was shot in the Canby Park shopping center. That subject, a 30 year old male, was transported to Christiana Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

Detectives have obtained descriptions of the two persons observed in the shooting. They have been described as a black male, braided hair, 6' tall, wearing a white thermal shirt, blue jeans, late twenties or early thirties. The second person was described only as a stocky black male wearing a horizontal striped shirt, possibly blue, white and green colors.

Detectives are continuing the investigation and are asking for anyone with any information on this incident to contact homicide detectives at 302.739.5939, Troop 2 at 302.834.2620, Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-333 3 or on line at www.tipsubmit.com.

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